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Wild Green Garden Consulting
Edible Garden Evening Tour
Sign up now for this fun evening tour - see how local gardeners grow loads of fresh veggies, fruit and berries. Learn how these passionate gardeners experiment in the garden, deal with challenges and what they love about their edible yards.
Date: Monday, August 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm to approx. 10:00 pm
Cost: $15
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Register HERE
Location: Leduc and Edmonton. Meeting info and details (once they have been confirmed) will be e-mailed to registered participants. Carpooling from Century Park LRT parking lot (free parking) at 5:50 pm is encouraged. We will leave the parking lot at 6:00 pm. Alternatively, meet at 6:30 pm in Leduc, our first tour stop.Then we will travel to south and west Edmonton, and return to Century Park.
 
Pollinators – Build it and they WILL come!
I’ve been fascinated with wild bees for a few years, and I have played around with creating pollinator homes and encouraging others to do the same.
 
This spring, I had a wonderful experience showing my garden club kids at Windsor Park School how to tie together dry sunflower stalks to make bundles and hang them in protected areas for the pollinators. While inspecting some older stick bundles back at home, I found one with two cells, presumably with wild bee larvae. I took this stick to the school and showed the children. A week later, I realized I had forgotten to put that stick with the larvae back in my yard, and it was still in my garden club box when I gathered the children for another session. To our surprise and delight, the bees had just hatched and two tiny, black bees were sitting on the stick and then flew away into the school garden.
To learn more, visit my Blog
 
Basil Pruning
Basil is a wonderful plant that grows well indoors and outside in pots, provided it is planted after the nights have warmed to 10 degrees or more. Basil also likes fairly consistent moisture, so it’s better off where it’s protected from the hot late afternoon sun.
Herbs last longest when you regularly use parts of your plants for cooking. But rather than taking leaves only, you need to pinch out the main stem to encourage side branches. That way the plant becomes more bushy and produces more. If you are not familiar with pinching or pruning basil, here is a short video I recorded in January. I planted the basil in mid-November under lights and enjoyed the herbs right into April (including frozen pesto - see photo).
 
Other Events
Sustainable Food Edmonton has partnered with the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society for their annual Community Garden Bike Tour on August 20. Check back at http://edmontonbikes.ca/ for further announcements.
 
For other garden- and permaculture related events, check out the Edmonton Permaculture Guild’s website as well.

Happy Summer!

Claudia Bolli, Wild Green Garden Consulting, www.wildgreen.ca
If you would like help with your plans, please contact me for a consultation or design, claudia@wildgreen.ca.
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